State of the art technology is lending a helping hand to care home residents when they go to the toilet.
Two Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilets have been installed in the bathrooms of the Croes Atti Residential Home run by Flintshire Council.
The built in douching and drying system allow users to remain seated on the toilet while they are washed without having to suffer the indignity of being raised on a hoist while they are cleaned.
Home manager Debbie Shearsmith said: “If a client needs to make use of the hoist, it isn’t very dignified for them being raised in the air whilst staff assist to keep them clean. This whole process is completely removed with the Clos-o-Mats.
“It’s nicer and easier for everybody – the person using it, and staff. I knew of Clos-o-Mats from a previous care home. I’ve been keen to have them installed here. The council recognised the benefits and provided the funding.”
Manufactured in the UK, Clos-o-Mats is the brand leader in wash & dry toilets, with many still in daily use up to 30 years after first being installed – equating to a daily cost of just 25p.
Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, said: “When you set that against the savings in staff time having to wipe someone clean, let alone sundries such as toilet tissue, laundry if they’re not cleaned properly so their clothing gets soiled, the cost is recouped the first time just one person uses it! And how do you put a cost on someone’s hygiene, health, feeling of dignity? Would you like someone wiping YOUR bottom..?”